Recipe Recap: January

Hi friends! I can’t believe it’s already February, I feel like just yesterday I was sharing our favorite crock pot recipes and that was before Christmas!

Here are some of our favorite Pinterest finds from the past month, I hope you enjoy. ūüôā

Marinated Grilled Pork Chops via Love to be in the Kitchen

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Our Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes

So, I went to go type up a recipe recap when I realized I haven’t posted one since August- whoops! As I started going through my Pinterest board I realized all of our most recent recipe finds were slow cooker meals. I’m not sure if I am just getting lazier or Leighton is wearing me out more lately, but I have been turning to my $20 Kmart “crock pot” more and more in the past few months.

As much as I loved the convenience of making dinner in the slow cooker, I found that a lot of times the chicken would get too dry or the recipes all tasted the same. Well, I will say I have changed my tune recently and have found so many good recipes. I also figured out through trial and error that my cooker happens to cook really fast, so if I use frozen chicken (we buy it from the deli and chunk it in the freezer when we get home), and cook for less time, the chicken stays nice and juicy.

Since most of you are bundled up for winter on the other side of the world, hopefully you will be extra grateful for some new recipes to keep you nice and toasty. Here are our favorites lately and a couple staples I have been making for years.

Slow Cooker Parmesean Herb Chicken and Orzo via Creme de la Crumb

We made this last week and it was not only tasty but it made enough for two dinners (for both of us) and a lunch! I am all about easy slow cooker recipes that keep me from having to cook two nights in a row. I would take her suggestion in the recipe notes and cook the orzo separately (I didn’t and it was a bit mushy).

Chicken Enchilada Soup via Mix and Match Mama 

I love anything Mexican themed and Shay’s recipes rarely disappoint. We added cheese and a dollop of greek yogurt on top and it was so yummy.

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Shredded Chicken via The Real Food Dieticians

I have already made this recipe twice since I found it not too long ago. The chicken is so flavorful. We made the lettuce wraps and also used the chicken in a salad and on it’s own.

Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken via Diethood

My girlfriend sent me this link the other day when I asked her what her go to, easy recipes are. She suggested pairing it with brown rice and broccoli which is exactly what we did and it was perfect. Tasted just like takeaway garlic chicken!

Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken via BeautyfromBurntToast 

I want to sing this recipes praises from the rooftops! Seriously, I made it last night and have already shared it with two friends. If you are a fun of Indian food, especially Butter Chicken, you need to make this. The best part is- the most unhealthy ingredient is coconut milk! It’s all coconut milk, tomato paste and spices! It tastes just like the butter chicken at our favorite indian restaurant. This one also makes a ton, so either halve the recipe or plan on eating it a few nights in a row.

Quick and Easy Lentil Quesadillas via Pinch of Yum

I’m pretty sure I have mentioned this recipe in at least one, if not two recipe recaps. It’s a staple around here (it’s also what I was cooking in my last day in the life post). It sounds kind of random if you’re not a big vegetarian fan, but I promise you will not miss the meat in these. They are very filling and tasty. I usually halve the recipe and we still have plenty of leftovers, but this time I didn’t and between the three of us we were eating lentil quesadillas for days. So half is plenty unless you are feeding a big family!

Chicken Tortilla Soup via Evolving Table

Another simple dump and go recipe that is made up of several ingredients you already have on hand. And who doesn’t love a bowl of tortilla soup?

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Recipe Recap {August}

Hi friends!

I am finally done with Leighton’s birthday posts and hopefully going to be getting back into the swing of regular blogging. I was looking through my editorial calendar from the past few months and I didn’t realize how badly I have been slacking. In fact, I haven’t done one of these recaps since May. Eek. So this is really a June, July and August recap of our favorite new recipes.

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Recipe Recap: April and May Edition

As you can tell by the post title I am a little behind on my recipe recaps, but hey- better late than never!

Here are a few of our (all three of us!) favorites from the past couple months. As always I have the recipe titles and pictures linked to the blog where they are found.

Sheet Pan Mini Meatloaves with Potatoes and Green Beans via Strawberry Blondie Kitchen

I have always been a little creeped out by meatloaves but I am pretty sure it was just the name. A few years ago I finally tried them and realized they are actually quite tasty. This recipe was really easy and I LOVE a one sheet pan meal. We always have green beans and potatoes on hand because one of our usual stalls at the farmer’s market always has bags of them for 3 for $5. All three of us really enjoyed this meal, it’s prefect for little fingers too.

Spaghetti Squash Caprese via Fashionable Foods

Spaghetti squash was a staple when we lived in Houston, but it isn’t always easy to find in Brisbane. When we spotted it at the market we knew we needed to take advantage of it. I always love anything tomato basil and this was no exception.

Paleo Chicken Taco Burger via Tablespoon

We love a good chicken or turkey burger at our house. Not only are they so yummy but easy for Leighton to enjoy as well. These were so yummy with avocado on top and served with a side of Cilantro Lime Rice.

Greek Turkey Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce via Foodie Crush

See? I wasn’t joking. These might be my new favorite burgs. I just love anything greek. And full disclosure I am lazy and used store bought tzatziki instead of making my own. We also ate these bun less on a bed of rocket (arugula). Leighton really liked these in fact she wanted nothing to do with her veggies when they were on her tray.

That’s all for now, but you can check out old recipe recaps to see our other staples. Have a great weekend!

Recipe Recap: March

Well it has been quite a while since I have posted one of these (September) but now that we are back home and into a routine of cooking every night, I figured I would share some of our recent finds.

My last recap was when Leighton was a newborn and I was having trouble finding time to cook dinner in the evening hours when she was quite needy. Now Leighton is a big (almost) eight month old and is much easier to entertain, but she is providing a different challenge when it comes to choosing recipes- she is also eating them. Continue reading

Recipe Recap: April

Well it has been a while since I have done one of these (possibly since last year?) but it I have missed putting these posts together. I love looking back at all our favorite new recipes and reminding myself to add them into the next month’s menu rotation.

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Since it has been awhile some of these are from the last couple months. February was not my month for trying new things since I was still experiencing that first trimester aversion to anything but bland carbs. Luckily my appetite returned in March and I was able to get back to trying new recipes out. Continue reading

Recipe Recap: December

December was the month of salads. After a month of entertaining and eating our most meals, we were in the need of a serious detox. Plus we knew that Texas was not going to be easy on our waistlines.

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Here’s a few of our favorites from the month.

Greek Quinoa Salad via Back to Her Roots 

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It’s possible that I’ve put this on a Recipe Recap before (too lazy to check), but either way it’s worth a double mention because it’s that good.

Detox Rainbow Salad via The Skinny Fork

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I bought the slaw pre-made and it came with a really good dressing, everything else I did the same and it was delish. Perfect post-holiday meal.

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad via Creme de la Crumb

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Who doesn’t like strawberries in a salad? Plus avocado AND feta? Soooo good.

Ravioli with Sautéed Asparagus and Walnuts via Green Valley Kitchen

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Definetly not a salad but so easy to put together and so yummy. Perfect for nights you are short on prep time.

Hopefully I have given you some inspiration for next week’s menu! Also, how did people cook before Pinterest? I don’t know what I would do without all these wonderful food blogs.